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Pre-Fixes: Troubleshooting Waterfowling Problems

Most duck and goose hunters react well to problems that hinder success. Honkers picking you out? Find better cover. Ducks landing in the next bay? Move. Birds not finishing? Switch up the dekes. However, we often observe and attempt to fix trouble spots too late. After all, unless you realize...


Shotgun Review: Browning Cynergy Waterfowl

Editor's note: This is a guest blog from Realtree.com waterfowl contributor James Buice. I tend to find a gun and stick to it. Call me a romantic or a sentimentalist, but I usually develop a strong bond or at least an affinity for my shotguns . I find a gun...


The World Stands Still: Waterfowling With No Wind

I’ve long suspected a cabal of evil TV weather-folks delights in frustrating waterfowl hunters . Much of their false-forecast conspiracy involves wind. You’ve been there, right? The 10 p.m. news promises northwest winds at 5 to 10 mph building to 15 to 25. A quick check online confirms that, so...


Realtree, Delta and Partners Hunt for Conservation

Realtree, the official camouflage partner of Delta Waterfowl , has teamed up with Delta and other partners to boost waterfowl conservation and give a raffle winner a Realtree Timber prize pack and a world-class Arkansas hunting trip. As part of the Realtree + Delta Waterfowl Hunt for Conservation Raffle ,...


Catchin' Deers: Iron Sharpens Iron

The guys at Catchin’ Deers take some time away from the tree stand to enjoy waterfowl hunting . Check out their latest video, which features some great dry-field action for mallards and honkers. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


The Worst Goose Hunting States by Flyway

Not every state can be a honker or snow hotspot . Some, because of their habitat, location or other factors, just don’t enjoy great goose opportunities . In fact, several states stand out as the worst in their respective flyways. Disclaimer: These numbers, taken from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...


Atlantic Flyway Waterfowling Changes Approved

Atlantic Flyway hunters will have to settle for fewer mallards and honkers on their straps beginning in Fall 2019. On Oct. 16 and 17, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved Atlantic Flyway Council recommendations to reduce the flyway’s daily mallard limit to two, only one of which can be...


Snap Shots: When Waterfowl Get Ultra-Close

Waterfowlers love to talk about decoying birds sure-kill close. Sometimes, whether intentionally or by accident, we take that to the extreme. Everyone probably has a different definition of “too close,” but let’s agree that birds within 15 yards probably fit that description. Yet when ducks or geese seemingly want to...


High Rollers: States Where Hunters Average the Most Waterfowl

Reports on top waterfowl harvest states typically underwhelm, as the list ultimately ends with Texas and California. (Of course, astute observers will note that hasn’t stopped Lovett from producing several such blogs when creativity fails. Ahem.) It might be more interesting to look at states where hunters average the most...


The 6 Worst States for Duck Hunting, Revised

You might recall the 2017 blog in which we listed our picks for the worst duck hunting states . Reaction was phenomenal. Days after the blog appeared, an email from West Virginia popped up, and I expected to receive a thorough scolding for listing that state among the most awful...


The Best 5 States for Mallards

Drum roll — or feeding chuckle — please. This past season’s mallard master was … . Some of you might recall that we published a July 2017 blog that listed the top five harvest states for mallards, using U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data from the 2015-’16 season. Well, we’re...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Refuge Call and Putting it All Together

In the ninth and final installment of this video calling series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , explains and demonstrates the refuge call and illustrates how to mix everything together. Turn the volume up. Play it again and again. You won't hear better duck calling unless the...


Best States for a Bull Canvasback by Flyway

In 2017, we published a brief guide to the top six canvasback harvest states . In hindsight, that probably held little value, as everyone knew Texas and California would top the list. Further, Lovett stretched the list to six so he could include his home state of Wisconsin. This year,...


Delta Waterfowl's October Migration Report

October has set the wheels in motion, and ducks and geese across the country are beginning their annual migrations. Our friends at Delta Waterfowl have the scoop on bird numbers and location in all four flyways. Now, get out there and take advantage. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Your Decoys are Now Alive

In the eighth installment of this nine-video series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , brings all his previous lessons home and tells you how to combine everything — single cuts, double cuts, greeters and quacks — to sound like a mass of ducks on the water. You'll want...


Get to Know DayBreak Outdoors

Realtree recently partnered with DayBreak Outdoors , an innovative, up-and-coming outdoor media production group out of southeastern Missouri. We thought you’d like to get to know these waterfowl -crazed hunters and become familiar with their vivid short films, which you can watch on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and other media outlets...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Getting Even More Real

Here, in episode No. 7 of this nine-part series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , injects even more realism into his calling presentation by mixing single- and double-cut feeding chuckles (separators). You'll want to play the demonstration sequence again and again, because it's pure hen mallard ...


7 Ducks You Don't Want to Hunt This Season

OK, despite the hokey title of this blog, let’s admit that the list of ducks you don’t want to pursue is likely brief. Ducks, after all, are the No. 1 component required for a successful duck hunt (duh). Finding them — even tough ducks — puts you halfway to victory...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Starting to Get Real

In the sixth installment of this nine-part series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , demonstrates how to mix vocalizations from the previous lessons — including quacks, greeters, lonesome hen calls and separator calls — so your decoys transform into a raft of real ducks . Watch the the...


Delta Waterfowl's September Migration Report

Bluewings and other early migrators are on the move. Are you ready? Our partners at Delta Waterfowl have you covered, with information on duck and goose movements throughout the country. Now, get out there and hunt. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


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